Now it’s your turn. I urge our readers to see Tangled, directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, this weekend and return here with your thoughts. If you don’t agree with my opinion, let me know why. Only comments by those who have seen the film will be approved below.
“I believe we’ll outperform The Princess and the Frog,” says Disney worldwide theatrical distribution chief Chuck Viane. “The question is, are we Bolt? Are we Enchanted? Or are we something bigger?”
Tangled opens today in a crowded holiday frame led by the latest Harry Potter film. The Wrap wrote about the film’s box office prospects and says earning projections are in the $40 million range for the five-day Thanksgiving holiday. Share your predictions in the comments below for the FIVE-DAY holiday gross. The person who comes closest to the final total will win something courtesy of Cartoon Brew. Don’t guess the same number as somebody else otherwise the first person who guessed the number will win. (NOTE: We’re locking the predictions on Thursday night.)
UPDATE: Many Brew readers are predicting $60 million and above. You may be right. According to Deadline, anonymous sources are saying that Tangled is opening “much bigger than expected. Double the 5-day estimates of $35M to $40M.”
You know what would be interesting. If someone took ALL of the legitimate estimates in our comments and found the average. How closely would the collective response of Brew readers match the final box office total. If anybody wants to do this after we close the poll tomorrow night, let me know.
If you are in Southern California this holiday weekend weekend, this might be of interest: The Art Institute of California is holding a free visual storytelling workshop featuring:
Floyd Norman…….. Disney Legend, Writer, Storyboard Artist/Diney/Pixar
Ernesto Nemesio…..Background Painter/ Pixar
Carole Holliday…….Director, Character Desinger /formerly Disney
This is a rare opportunity into the minds of three professional animation story tellers as they design and shape an organic story through audience participation and demonstrations of both traditional and digital designs. In this four hour workshop a story will crafted, characters and backgrounds will be drafted with the help of you and the participating guest speakers.
You must RSVP to attend, and arrive early as seating is limited. The workshop will take place Saturday November 27th from 12 noon to 4pm at:
The Art Institute of California Inland Empire
674 E Brier Dr
San Bernardino, CA
In terms of opportunities and amount of work available, there is no better time to be working as an animator than today. More new avenues for animated content are springing up than ever before. For decades, the choices were straightforward: TV, features, commercials, music videos, and shorts. Today those limited number of options have been upended as every form of media and creative practice is somehow incorporating animation into its sphere, from news programs to architecture. Continue reading →
This comment by CLaarkamp1287 on YouTube sums it up better than I could:
“For Pixar to do this kind of video takes major balls on their part. As a film company thatï»¿ is associated with being family-friendly, it is so often construed that homosexuality is a threat to family values, and here comes Pixar to completely dismiss that ridiculous myth. Awesome job, Pixar. Clearly, movies aren’t the only thing you excel at.”
Microsoft’s new controller-free gaming environment called Kinect for XBox 360 also doubles as a powerful digital toy for hackers. The open source drivers on the Kinect allow users to hook it up to PCs and push it in different directions like this:
The above was created by manipulating Kinect data in realtime through a C++ coding platform called Cinder. The end result makes live-action footage look like it’s gone through a Michelin Man toon shader.
Dorse A. Lanpher is one of a handful of artists who can say he worked on Disney classics like Sleeping Beauty and 101 Dalmatians as well as contemporary features like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Tarzan. Lanpher recently self-published a memoir called Flyin’ Chunks and Other Things to Duck: Memoirs of a Life Spent Doodling for Dollars. His 48-year-career as an effects animator also included an extended stint with Don Bluth on projects like The Secret of NIMH, Dragon’s Lair and An American Tail, which is why Don Bluth penned the book’s foreword. The book sells for a modest $18 on Amazon, and judging from the preview pages on that website, it’s filled with a lifetime’s worth of important and untold stories about working in feature animation.
UPDATE (No. 27, 2010): We are no longer accepting applications. Thank you to everybody who took the time to apply. We will be contacting everybody soon.
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Here’s the man himself, Jean “Mobius” Giraud, drawing amidst the exhibit hall at the CTN Animation Expo in Burbank yesterday. I was there and had a blast. Like the San Diego Comic Con (but much, much smaller and devoted solely to animation) there was so many things happening at the same time, so many people to meet, so many panels to attend. Congratulations to Tina Price and her crew for putting on a second event that was bigger and better than the first. A true success and a much needed venue for inspiration and networking. Can’t wait for next year!
I caught up with so many friends, spoke to so many acquaintances, colleagues, artists, creators and met so many Brew readers, my voice imploded. So while I’m resting up and drinking hot tea with honey today, I thought I’d open it up to those who attended. What did you think? Have a good time? Let us know in the Comments below.
Naz Ghodrati-Azadi is a 2009 Graduate of Sheridan’s Bachelor program in Classical Animation. She’s since moved to Burbank and is currently working as a freelance Animator/Character Layout artist at Warner Bros. Naz finally finished the hand drawn animated film she started years ago at Sheridan and has graciously posted it online for us to enjoy — just in time for Thanksgiving: